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Old Tunnel State Park

#12 of 103 things to do in Fredericksburg Features Animals
10619 Old San Antonio Road, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
+1 866-978-2287
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The tunnel is about 10 miles SE of Fredericksburg just off a paved road. Off street parking is... read more

Reviewed 7 December 2015
TEXASJLH
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Lamarque, TX
Still bats in November

We were looking for a place to go on Thanksgiving Day (after dinner) while staying in... read more

Reviewed 6 December 2015
Heartlab
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San Antonio
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Smallest state park in Texas. Park features an historical railroad tunnel that is home to approximately 2 to 3 million bats. Visitors can access the short nature trail each day from sunrise until 5 p.m. Entrance to the park is free. Bats roost in the tunnel from May through October. During these months, nightly viewing of the bat emergence is available from the upper viewing area for free. Lower viewing area is only open on Thursday through Sunday evenings for $5 per person fee regardless of age. Rules for Old Tunnel State Park: No pets, no smoking on trails or in viewing areas, no alcoholic beverages, no camping, no open fires. For more detailed information about visitation, please call the number listed or visit the Old Tunnel web page.
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10619 Old San Antonio Road, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
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Reviewed 7 December 2015

The tunnel is about 10 miles SE of Fredericksburg just off a paved road. Off street parking is available. The best view of the tunnel requires a short walk down a natural trail. Good photo op when the bats leave at sunset.

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Reviewed 6 December 2015

We were looking for a place to go on Thanksgiving Day (after dinner) while staying in Fredericksburg, and this place turned out very well. We were the only people in the place when we got there, but it said it was open 365 days a...More

1  Thank Heartlab
Reviewed 20 October 2015

We went there on a Thursday in early October and arrived around 5:30pm. We were one of the first ones there and got to reserve the front seats on the lower level. The rangers said at this time of year it got too dark to...More

Thank rrromero123
Reviewed 19 October 2015

There were so many bats even though they have begun migration. Be sure to pay to go to the lower watching area it was well worth the $5.

Thank KM81566
Reviewed 19 October 2015

Plug your nose & put on your tennis shoes. The hike is short but has a few steep points. During the day you can look throughout the tunnel and see the bats jockeying for position within the walls of the tunnel. The smell of the...More

Thank Jennifer V
Reviewed 18 October 2015

The park was clean, we paid for the seats on the lower deck, and I am so glad we did. Our guide was awesome and I was so impressed with all the good bats do. Be careful at night on the road out of there,...More

Thank Shelly L
Reviewed 13 October 2015

Watch 3 million bats as they swirl out of the old train tunnel evenings from May to October. The upper viewing stand is free, has storyboard information exhibits, and a ranger or bat expert who shares information. You might consider joining the Bat Conservation International...More

Thank Linda M
Reviewed 8 October 2015 via mobile

We arrived about 7:05 pm, there were several people already there. We saw maybe 3 bats as they flew up by us. We stayed until 8;05 everybody had left but us but the bats appeared to have left from another exit. Which I wouldn't blame...More

Thank Cindy A
Reviewed 1 October 2015

Exciting event. Park person talked about bats in general, dispelling rumors about vanpire bats, etc. When bats started coming out at 7:30, we were disappointed, but by 7:45 were elated. Millions came out and swirled up and through trees.

Thank Donna G
Reviewed 27 September 2015

So much better than I expected. Pay the $5 fee to go down below. Good talk by the ranger, and then the bats came out. They do this cool circular thing building up height to clear the trees then fly off for miles and miles....More

2  Thank dtyler916
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Rachel W
I am planning a trip over spring break. March 13-15. I assume no bats at this time?
22 January 2017|
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Response from txteacher_girl | Reviewed this property |
Check their website. I believe it said May-November. Have fun though! There's lots to do in the area.
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Holly F
Planning a trip to Fredericksburg 1/22-1/25. Am I right in assuming there won't be any bats at that time? Thanks!
13 January 2017|
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Response from David D | Reviewed this property |
Alamo Springs Café is worth the trip even without the bats
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John K
We are planning a trip to Fredricksburg soon. My question: Once we park the car is there a lot of walking to the lower viewing area? Is the trail paved or is it difficult? I ask because my husband has some difficulty walking- and am wondering if it is possible for us to do.Thanks
26 September 2016|
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Response from Huntress57 | Reviewed this property |
As other people have responded there is a little walk down to the viewing area. The walk is not difficult but there are some short steps as you go down. Remember that you have to come up those steps. Not knowing your... More
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